James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
THE LOST CITY OF Z(12)
D: James Gray
Amazon Studios/Bleeker Street/Plan B/Keep Your Head/MICA/Mad River (Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Anthony Katagas, James Gray & Dale Armin Johnson)
US 2016 (released 2017)
W: James Gray [based on the novel by David Grann]
DP: Darius Khondji
Ed: John Axelrad & Lee Haugen
Mus: Christopher Spelman
Charlie Hunnam (Percy Fawcett), Robert Pattinson (Corporal Henry Costin), Sienna Miller (Nina Fawcett), Tom Holland (Jack Fawcett), Angus Macfadyen (James Murray), Ian McDiarmid (Sir George Goldie)
The Lost City Of Z is a biographical adventure film inspired by true events in the life of Percy Fawcett, a British explorer in Bolivia and his attempts to locate an ancient lost city.
The legend of the real Percy Fawcett is quite well known, as it was his character which served a huge inspiration to Indiana Jones, as well as other similar fictional characters in popular culture.
This isn't this type of adventure film though, taking a low key approach to the material which makes it drag quite heavily throughout its lengthy running time.
The casting leaves a lot to be desired as well, and seems to have Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson cast so the film would be marketed at a teenage audience. It has to be said that neither performances are particularly bad, but they won't win any awards either.
It is worth a watch, but it's nowhere near as epic as it really could have been.